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COMMITTED TO SERVING PETS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM,
URBAN TAILS UNLEASHES NEW AND EXPANDED SERVICES
Houston, TX – October 8, 2007– Scheduled to open in November 2007, Houston’s first indoor
dog swimming pool in the shape of a dog bone will be ready for action at Urban Tails in Midtown.
“We’re always looking for new ways to add fun for our pet customers during their stay,” says
Susan Briggs, co-founder, co-owner and co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to
Safety & Fun. “We simply live by our motto to ensure Urban Tails is a place where all tails have
When complete, the expanded 20,000-square-foot facility will also include an indoor playground,
additional daycare groups, more boarding choices and a café area where pet owners can
Doggy paddlers can take the plunge in a variety of ways:
• During daycare group pool play times, where dogs are segregated by size
• As an optional activity during a boarding stay
• As a playground member by purchasing a pool pass card for group pool time (available
when playground is open)
• Through private pool sessions scheduled through the reception desk
For land rovers, the new indoor playground is open evenings and weekends. Play is supervised
by a training staff member, knowledgeable in appropriate dog play behaviors, and includes
games and activities. Agility event equipment is available to help owners train and interact with
their dogs. Saturday evening rental of the pool and playground facilities for dog events will be
available in 2008.
Knowing dogs dig daycare, Urban Tails now helps more pets make new pals. Specialized groups
can enjoy plush furnishings and targeted activities on dedicated days:
• Tiny Tails Tuesdays – for dogs up to 15 lbs.
• Puppy Tails Wednesdays – for dogs up to 5 months old
• Silver Tails Thursdays – for dogs 6 years and older, with low energy and activity level
Finally, expanded boarding capacity and options are a treat for owners and pets alike. Offered at
lower prices, new boarding enclosures are available in smaller sizes with furnishings available for
ABOUT URBAN TAILS
Launched in 1999, Urban Tails is Houston’s premier pet care facility. Fully licensed and operated
24/7 by an on-site staff of pet care professionals, Urban Tails’ first priority is the health and safety
of the pets in their care. Urban Tails strives to support the lives of busy professionals who entrust
them with the well-being of their pets and seeks to enhance the professionalism of all members of
the pet care industry through active involvement in ABKA, the trade association for pet care
professionals. Co-founder and co-owner Susan Briggs has a long history with the association and
currently serves as Region 8 Director on ABKA’s Board of Directors. Urban Tails also operates
the Urban Tails Academy, the only facility in Houston to offer training services for pet care
professionals. For more information, visit urbantails.cc.
Wagging Rights Urban Tails Academy
See what previous participants have
said about their experiences with Visit our Web site to:
Urban Tails Academy. • See new classes and content that are always being added.
• Retrieve current course schedule information for
My staff attended the Daycare dates and times.
Management Course to expand their • Obtain course fees, with discounts offered for additional
dog handling skills in the kennel participants from the same facility.
• Register for all courses.
and in future daycare groups. The
materials used in the classroom were See our Web site for travel and local lodging information.
extremely helpful in expanding their We also provide training through webinars, seminars and
knowledge of dog body language and custom courses presented at your facility.
communication. The lab time spent
on the floor with actual dog groups All Urban Tails Academy training is conducted in our
A Training &
was invaluable and was the best dedicated facility, on-site at Urban Tails. Our central
way to experience the interaction Houston location is easy to access.
between the dogs. This experience
was worth every penny! Urban Tails
1618 Webster Street
Suzanne Locker, Owner Houston, Texas 77003
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and experience. Phone: 713.658.0900 of your business.
Tonia Whilden, Owner/Trainer Email: Academy@UrbanTails.cc
Houston Dog Ranch www.UrbanTails.cc
We’re proud and active members of:
Leadership Inside the Loop
The best care is our Susan Briggs, CKO
Urban Tails co-founder and owner
pet project. Currently serving as Region 8 Director on
ABKA’s Board of Directors, Susan has a long
Launched in 1999, Urban Tails is Houston’s history with the association. She formed and
premier pet care facility, committed to serving chaired ABKA’s first daycare committee in
pets and the people who love them. Fully 2003, which was responsible for writing the
licensed and operated 24/7 by an on-site staff industry operating standards for managing a
of pet care professionals, our first priority is the daycare facility safely for dogs and staff. ABKA
health and safety of the pets in our care. We Certified as an Advanced Pet Care Technician
strive to support the lives of busy professionals and Kennel Operator, Susan was also actively
who entrust us with the well-being of their pets involved in writing and updating many of
and seek to enhance the professionalism of the association’s materials for members
all members of our industry through our active and pet owners. She has taken Pet First Aid,
involvement in ABKA. Simply stated, we do completed training as a volunteer for United
all we can to make sure Urban Tails is a place Animal Nations’ (UAN) Emergency Animal
“where all tails have happy endings.” Rescue team and is the co-author of Off-Leash
Dog Play: A Complete Guide To Safety & Fun for
pet care professionals.
Unleash your desire for
practical knowledge. The lead dog only Crista Meyer
Urban Tails co-founder and owner
At Urban Tails Academy, we’ve done looks ahead. Passionate about training dogs and other
our homework and racked up real world animals since childhood, Crista graduated
experience. Because we know firsthand To keep your facility ahead of the pack, we’re from the Arizona Canine Academy as a dog
what you’re going through, we offer unique always developing timely new content and trainer and instructor where she received the
insight and ideas to assist you in building courses. Be sure to check our Web site for the Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement.
and successfully managing a pet care facility. latest information on webinars and custom She has also completed training as a volunteer
Whether you’re looking to start a new facility courses! for UAN’s Emergency Animal Rescue team.
or add services to an existing one, we have While living in Africa, Crista learned holistic
designed a variety of course packages to No bones about it. approaches to animal health and has studied
meet your particular needs. Short on time and Our trainers are top-notch. advanced holistic care with Wendy Volhard,
money? Our packages are designed specifically Sheila Hamilton-Andrews and many others
for small business owners and provide high The Urban Tails Academy team has firsthand who kindly shared their wisdom. She is a proud
dollar value in a time-saving format. You’ll experience operating a successful multi-service professional member of the International
attain a degree of confidence and skill that will pet care facility that includes three playrooms Association of Canine Professionals and the
enhance the pet care you provide and solidify of dog daycare action. Through our training and Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
the business you’re building. consulting packages, you can take advantage of
our diverse skills and knowledge.